Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:

5

Ensconced in a cushy chair, reading a mystery about an anarchic turncoat, I became distracted by certain recurring marginalia (scribblings such as “grilled xiphias” that seemed half-culinary, half-taxonomical), leading me to conclude (following deductive techniques I learned from the novel's own detective-hero), that the previous borrower of the book had been a very hungry marine conservationist who had decided to turn on his long-billed protectees as he sorted out his dinner plans. (by Rudi)

4

Ensconced once again in his favourite quayside eatery - ' Pa's Swordfish,' and having only that afternoon abandoned a shortlived infatuation with vegetarian frugality, the turncoat only glanced at the menu (bordered by marine marginalia of bubbles, fins, seaweed and the like) before ordering his usual mixed grill of the eponymous xiphias, tuna, snapper, seabass, king prawn, and scallop. (by Et Seqq)

3

I hadn’t seen Anastassia since the end of the spring term at Yale, but when her father’s helicopter dropped me off on the deck of the family’s palatial yacht in the Aegean Sea, she ran to me and swooned 'agapi mou' (my love) as she planted a voluptuous kiss on my lips and led me to our bedroom below the stern where we ensconced ourselves for days until the time came to fish for xiphias, in all an experience so reminiscent of a James Bond movie that I wondered in many marginalia of my diary which of the crew would turn out to be a lethal turncoat and communist agent. (by Sami)

2

Code-named Xiphias (with a swordfish embroidered on his olive drab jacket), the tall dark traitor carrying a small worn book inconspicuously slipped into a back alley door, revealed the cryptic marginalia on page 14 to others in the shadows and was admitted to join his turncoat cohorts already ensconced for the final rendezvous. (by docephesus)

1

Ensconced in a hidden pocket of my coat was my trusty copy of Dr. Seuss' "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," a book I am never without; and after some quick flipping of pages I at last found what I was looking for: a bit of marginalia I'd scrawled on page 17, concerning the xiphias (commonly known as the swordfish), and how to distinguish it from the carp; and it was at that moment that I realized the massive, saber-nosed beast swimming in the jacuzzi before me was no mere koi, as that turncoat Bloderman had wished me to believe, but rather a deadly predator, bent upon stabbing me with its lethal schnozz and then enjoying me as a tasty repast. (by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 26, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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